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Exclusive Track Premiere: Y La Bamba “Viuda Encabronada”

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Sometimes you just know that a band is destined for big things. Such is the case with Y La Bamba, a Portland, Or.,-based group that is poised for a break-out year with a heavy tour schedule and a new album, “Court the Storm,” about to hit the shelves and flood the airways. The band, led by the dreamily powerful voice of Luz Elena Mendoza, combines indie rock and alt-folk with traditional Mexican music to create a sound that is uniquely their own, yet evocative of a complex musical history that reaches back centuries.

The songs layers cumbia beats over a quiet indie roar and soaring vocals, to create a depth of sound that other bands would trade their skinny jeans for. The combination of muted accordion, steady drum beats, and earthy harmonizing feels like you’ve stumbled on the love child of The Decemberists, Stevie Nicks, Molotov and Cafe Tacuba. One listen and you’ll realize the buzz around this band is well deserved.

Their new album “Court the Storm” was produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and features Neko Case on the title track and is in stores now, but if you want the album for free hop on Twitter before 11:59 a.m. PST. Here are the instructions: Follow @YLaBamba and use the hashtag #courtthestorm to get their new album featuring @NekoCase for free. That’s right, full album for free. The offer expires at 11:59pm PST

We are thrilled to premiere their track “Viuda Encabronada”. LISTEN:



Plus, watch the video for their previously unreleased track “My Love Is A Forest Fire,” directed and edited by Dugan O’Neal:

Y LA BAMBA “MY LOVE IS A FOREST FIRE” from Dugan O'Neal on Vimeo.

Band photo: (Credit to Ingrid Renan)

Catch Y La Bamba on tour so you can say you saw them before they were huge:

03/04 PORTLAND, OR @ Music Millenium
03/09 ASHLAND, OR @ Alex’s
03/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Brick and Morter
03/11 SANTA BARBARA @ Soho
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Red Eyed Fly (IODA Party)
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / The Grackle (PDX Party)
03/15 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Guero’s (Mike Galaxy Presents 13th Annual Day Party)
03/16 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Soular Food Garden (Fiesta Red Indie Fiesta)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maison d’Etoile (Kevchino.com Showcase)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maggie Mae’s (TLE/Antenna Farm/Self Group Official Showcase)
03/20 PHOENIX, TX @ Crescent Ballroom
03/21 SAN DIEGO, CA @ The Casbah*
03/22 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Hotel Cafe*
03/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Cafe du Nord*
03/25 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Crepe Place*
03/26 MONTEREY BAY, CA @ Alternative Cafe
03/29 EUGENE, OR @ Axe & Fiddle*
03/31 SEATTLE, WA @ Neumos*
04/01 VANCOUVER, BC @ Media Club*
04/21 PORTLAND, OR @ Doug Fir (Album Release Show)
05/12 PORTLAND, OR @ Left Bank Annex (P:EAR Benefit)
05/20-05/26 PORTLAND, OR @ Al’s Den (Luzelena Mendoza Solo Residency)
*w/The Lumineers

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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